Masonry wall solutions typically perform well in acoustic tests. Mass provides good acoustic isolation and can be provided in simple construction solutions, often exceeding the minimum Building Regulation requirements. Acoustic insulation both from noisy external environments, between properties, but also within buildings, is increasingly recognised as an important requirement for new construction. Minimum requirements are in building regulations (Part E in England and Wales) but masonry can be used to exceed minimum standards to deliver high performance housing. Robust Details Limited provides information on recognised construction details which have been tested and the use of these overcomes the need for pre-completion testing for your project.
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In masonry construction, acoustic performance is achieved with minimal additional materials and hence there is less reliance on rigorous checking of site workmanship – although workmanship is always important. Furthermore acoustic separation is less likely to be compromised during the lifetime of the building through modifications and refurbishment.